A new food, drink, arts and entertainment festival, showcasing the Hunter Valley’s best, is certain to make its mark when it debuts next month.
Sip and Savour Lake Macquarie, scheduled for 31 March to 2 April, will feature top Australian musical acts Birds of Tokyo, Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson and indie folk favourite Pierce Brothers, as well as celebrity chef Geoff Janz.
The Speers Point Park event follows on from the success of the inaugural Sip and Savour Albury last weekend, where attendees were treated to stellar performances from Kate Miller-Heidke, Lisa Mitchell, Josh Pyke and Telenova.
And, it’s expected to attract thousands of people to the greater Lake Macquarie/Hunter Valley region, fostering a welcome economic injection into the local hospitality and retail industry.
Festival co-director James Harding said they were honoured to receive assistance from the NSW Regional Events Acceleration Fund (REAF) program.
“The funding has provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to deliver a world-class, regionally significant event that contributes to the economic and social recovery of regional NSW,” he explained.
“Our festival celebrates creativity, diversity and all things that make our local communities great.
“The Hunter Valley is already recognised as one of Australia’s best wine regions and a gourmet getaway.
“So, we are honoured and excited to have the opportunity to work with and celebrate such talented, creative and passionate people, who each make a vital contribution to the vibrancy, prosperity and sustainability of our amazing industries, region and state.”
With the bands the headliners, Jansz will take to the Culinary Stage alongside a variety of chefs and restauranteurs from across the region as they share knowledge about cooking with local ingredients.
Many of the region’s wine, beer, spirits and local gourmet food producers will have the opportunity to unveil special product releases, unique collaborations and exciting new recipes over the course of the festival, too.
For those looking to brush up on their pairing skills, discover the latest in industry trends or test their local trivia knowledge, the Masterclass Stage will host a series of forums and workshops led by industry leaders, while a range of family-friendly activities will run across the weekend to entertain the young (and the young-at-heart).
“We are serious about driving investment and tourism in the regions,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said.
“The REAF will see more people choosing regional and rural areas for their holidays, meaning booked out accommodation, full restaurants and cafés, and an overall economic boost for communities like Lake Macquarie.
“The fund has already supported more than 100 events and attracted an estimated one million visitors to the regions, laying the foundations for a strong recovery across regional NSW.”
Tickets to Sip and Savour Lake Macquarie – 5pm-10pm on Friday 31 March ($25 + booking fee), noon-6pm on Saturday 1 April ($35) and noon-5pm on Sunday 2 April ($25) – are on sale now via sipandsavour.com.au.
Shuttle buses will be available to and from Newcastle, too.
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- Young People’s Theatre hits the stage in milestone year
- Human Nature’s Phil Burton declares Newcastle audiences are ‘great’
- Hunter Valley Beer & BBQ Festival returns to Hope Estate
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